The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, has opened up on his role in the botched Sputnik V vaccines procurement after the money initially paid in the controversial deal was refunded.
The Minister who has come under strong criticisms for his resignation and dismissal over his refusal to seek parliamentary approval for the botched vaccines says, since his appointment, he has been “guided by the mandate to protect the public purse at all times and as a Minister of Health, he had a duty to also safeguard Ghanaian lives especially during this pandemic.”
Mr. Agyeman-Manu said this in a statement following what he said is his observation of the high-level national interest that has greeted the narrative of his efforts to secure Sputnik-V vaccines for the country.
He also confirmed that the $2,470,000 has been refunded to the National Treasury by Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, the UAE based middle man at the center of the procurement fiasco.
In the meantime, the Health Minister has given assurances that his outfit is working assiduously to access vaccines to win the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish to thank all Ghanaians for your support in this matter and to assure you that together we will defeat the virus of COVID-19”, the Minister’s statement mentioned in parts.